One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been found with a 10-month-old baby in Nigeria according to a BBC report. Colonel Sani Usman from the Nigeria Army said the girl was discovered by soldiers in the Sambisa forest near to the Boko Haram base, in Pulka, which is located in the Borno State.

According to Colonel Usman, troops of 121 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, "while screening some escapees from the Boko Haram terrorists' hideout in Sambisa forest, discovered one of the abducted Government Secondary School Chibok girls, named Maryam Ali Maiyanga among them. She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son, named Ali.

"She has been taken to the unit's medical facility for proper medical check up. It is imperative to state that troops have been working round the clock to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hibernating and also rescue all persons held hostages by terrorists."

This latest development comes after the release of 21 girls last month who were put into custody with Nigeria's Department of State Services.

The terror group, which has rebranded itself Iswap, abducted 276 girls from the Borno State in 2014. Fifty-seven girls managed to escape shortly afterwards but 217 have been living in captivity ever since.

In a bid to set free more girls in exchange for the release of their fighters , Boko Haram purportedly released a video on YouTube showing around 50 girls dressed in headscarves.

Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people since 2009 as part of its plan to create a caliphate in Africa. It was deemed the world's deadliest terror group, by the Global Terrorism Index, surpassing its ally Islamic State in November 2015.

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Freed Chibok school girls sit during a meeting with Nigeria Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja, Nigeria last month. Nigeria State House/ AP